Melody was raised in San Clemente, CA, by a very artistic and musical family. She fell in love with the restaurant industry during college and spent over 25 years in that line of work before joining the Idyllwild Arts Advancement Team. After a first visit to Idyllwild with her husband, they were drawn to the trees, the music and art scenes, and the sense of community. They decided to make it their permanent home in 2018. Since moving to Idyllwild, Melody has been playing guitar and singing at local businesses and dabbling in Stained Glass art.